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Violence Against Journalists

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Haiti journalists denounce police brutality, demand justice

"A couple hundred journalists and opposition activists marched peacefully in Haiti’s capital Thursday to denounce police brutality and demand justice for colleagues slain in recent years. [...] Several journalists have been injured while covering recurrent, violent demonstrations in which protesters often clash with police. Others have been killed while working on unrelated stories." Read original […]

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Journalist Marilú Capa shot, severely injured in Ecuador

"At about 8 a.m. on January 19, in the northeastern town of Nueva Loja, an unidentified man entered a restaurant that Capa owns and shot her six times with a pistol, according to news reports, the Quito-based press freedom organization Fundamedios, and Lt. Col. Daniel Guevara, a spokesperson for the investigative police unit in Nueva […]

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30 years since the kidnapping and murder of Colombian journalist Diana Turbay

"'Diana Turbay assassinated. The abductors shot her in the back. Cameraman Richard Becerra is rescued unharmed. The Elite Police Corps carried out an operation after Pablo Escobar.' This is how El Espectador headlined the cover of Jan. 26, 1991, in which a large part of the issue was dedicated to covering the death of the […]

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IACHR grants precautionary measures in favor of journalist Ricardo Calderón Villegas in Colombia

"On Jan. 14, 2021, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) issued Resolution 6/2021, by which it granted precautionary protection measures in favor of Ricardo Calderón Villegas, after considering that he is in a serious and urgent situation of risk of irreparable damage to his rights in Colombia. According to the request, Mr. Calderón is […]

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National Association of Journalists documented 355 attacks on the Venezuelan press in 2020

"The National Association of Journalists [CNP, for its acronym in Spanish], Caracas section, documented 355 attacks on the [Venezuelan] press in 2020, including 61 arbitrary detentions and the blocking of 15 web pages. [...] The CNP indicated that there were 51 physical attacks, 34 threats, 23 deletions of material, 6 seizures of equipment, 4 seizures […]

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Journalist has cell phone broken by police during operation in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

"An intense shootout in Complexo do Alemão [in Rio de Janeiro], in the area known as Area 5, frightens residents, who report shots since 8 a.m. this Wednesday (01/13). The armored police vehicle (Caveirão) went on towards the region known as Fazendinha and the intense shooting continues. Cinematographic reporter Renato Moura followed the police raid […]

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Judge grants preventive measure to minor who allegedly participated in murder of Colombian journalist

"In recent days, the Attorney General's Office reported the apprehension of a minor who is allegedly the perpetrator of the murder of journalist Felipe Guevara and who was charged with the crimes of aggravated homicide and manufacturing, trafficking and carrying firearms or ammunition. The minor did not accept his responsibility in the events and a […]

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New sentencing in the murder of Mexican journalist Moisés Sánchez 'makes access to justice impossible'

“On Jan. 6 of this year, Jorge Sánchez – the son of Moisés Sánchez, a journalist who disappeared and was murdered in 2015 – received notification of the reinstatement of criminal proceedings of police officers who were already sentenced in 2018 for the crime of failure to comply in the course of duty and for co-participation […]

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Adolescent arrested in murder of journalist in Cali, Colombia

"At the end of last December, Andrés Felipe Guevara, 27, a journalist for the judicial section of the newspaper Q'Hubo, was shot by a hitman while with a friend in the Mariano Ramos neighborhood, in southeastern Cali. After fighting for his life for a couple days, he died on Dec. 23 as a result of […]

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Police raid home of Radio Darío director in León, Nicaragua

"At 3:40 in the afternoon of this Monday, Jan. 4, in the city of León, two National Police patrols, with approximately a dozen anti-narcotics and anti-riot agents with canines arrived at the home of the director of Radio Darío, Aníbal Toruño. The agents entered after destroying the iron fence and the main door of the […]